Now that we have looked at some early draft results and discovered a few mispriced pairs of infielders, outfielders, and starting pitchers, it is time to complete the circle and present our results from our relief pitcher ADP analysis.
Analyzing relief pitchers is a slightly different animal than the other positions. Role is a much greater input as it is not just about skill. It is true that skill will usually win out; however, obtaining the closer role immediately enhances a relief pitcher’s value.
As we have previously discussed, it is important to compare pitchers that are in similar situations. It would be unfair to compare an RP locked into a closer role to one that is battling for one or in a dreaded committee. Our mispriced pairs will have an ADP gap of at least 50 spots and in all cases the gap should not even be present.
Now it is show time, here are the mispriced pairs of relief pitchers.
Relief Pitcher ADP Analysis; Mispriced Pairs
Murky Closer Situations
Arodys Vizcaino, Atlanta Braves (ADP: 228)
Carter Capps, Miami Marlins (ADP: 297)
Vizcaino performed well last year during his short stint as the closer for the Braves; however, with Jason Grilli expected to be healthy, he looks to be second in line for 2016. A few causes for concern include Vizcaino’s troubles with control and his inability to limit solid contact. The velocity and strikeouts are enticing, and in any scenario, he should be a factor in the late innings for Atlanta. While he may be the closer at some point, I struggle to see where he is the closer for the entire 2016 campaign.
Last year, Capps had one of the most impressive 31-inning seasons in a long time. Whether you think his delivery is legal or not, there is no questioning the results. Incumbent closer A.J. Ramos had a very good 2015, but the Marlins are making the closer position an open competition as we head into Spring Training. With Capps’ ability to miss bats, he may be the only pitcher in baseball that makes Aroldys Chapman look like a pitching machine.
While both of these relievers are involved in unsettled closer situations, Capps has the decisive advantage in terms of all non-save statistics. He will be a huge Fantasy asset, regardless of his role in the bullpen. Given their near equal probability of holding down the closer role, the near 70 point ADP gap is just flat out wrong. Be brave and pass on Vizcaino, while waiting and picking up Capps much later.
Trades Have Changed The Story
Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays (ADP: 199)
Jake McGee, Colorado Rockies (ADP: 244)
Osuna was solid last year, as he took over the closer’s role in late June and ran with it. He would have been a lock to open the 2016 season as the Toronto closer; however, the addition of Drew Storen definitely clouds the picture. Given his minor league career as a starter, Osuna could be better served as a bullpen weapon that is used in situations extending more than a single inning. Meanwhile, Storen has been quite effective in only one inning appearances, including having success as a closer in Washington.
McGee battled injuries last year, yet he still managed to post stellar numbers when healthy. Prior to his trade from the Rays, McGee would have been in the conversation, possibly even the favourite, for their closer role. Now with the Rockies, McGee only has to compete with the unexciting duo of Jason Motte and Chad Qualls. While pitching for the Rockies is not exactly a dream come true, McGee has a chance to post elite strikeout numbers along with solid ratios.
It seems like McGee holds the upper hand in his closer battle, while Osuna looks to be the odd man out in his situation. I expect both of these hurlers to post similar numbers, except for saves. With a near 50 point ADP gap (this bends our >50 requirement), it just makes sense to wait for McGee and pass on Osuna.
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